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Benjamin Franklin

     Benjamin Franklin was a man of many accomplishments, the accomplishments he had  affected the world of today and the world soon to come.  Franklin’s parents were like any other parents then.  Franklin’s dad, Josiah Franklin, was an Englishman.  He moved to Boston in 1685 from England bringing his wife and three children.  Anne who was Josiah’s wife had four more children. The sixth one died five days after birth, and then eighteen months later Anne was bearing the seventh child and she died a week later.  Like all men at the time Josiah had a trade.  He was a dyer.  Later he abandoned his trade and became a tallow-chandler instead.  Josiah being married once before married Abiah Folger (McMaster 3). Abiah Folger bore Josiah Franklin 10 more children.  The fifteenth of the seventeen children was Benjamin Franklin (McMaster 3).
      Franklin was born on the seventeen of January 1706.  Like every Boston boy he could read and write, knew something about history, and had knew a few Orthodox Catechism scriptures by heart (McMaster 3).
     “The story of the life of Ben Franklin began at a time when Queen Anne still ruled the colonies; when the colonies were but ten in number, and when the population of the ten did not sum up to be four hundred thousand souls; ... when pirates infested the Atlantic coast; when there was no such thing as a stage coach in the land; ...and when Ann Pollard, the first white women that ever set foot on the soil of Boston, was still enjoying a hale old age” (McMaster 1).
     “It was when he seven that Franklin had another experience he often recalled.  One holiday they gave him a little money to spend on whatever he liked.  He headed straight for the toy shop but on the way met a boy blowing a whistle.  Charmed by the sound, he gave the boy all his money for it.  Coming home, he whistled piercingly all over the small house, annoying his family.  When he told them of the bargain he had made, they teased him for paying four times of what the silly whistle was worth.  He realized how many good things he could have bought for the money, and while they laughed, he cried.  It was a lesson he never forgot” (Meltzer 23).     Franklin’s education started at home.  At the age of eight he went to Latin school.  George Brownell taught him soon after he was finished with Latin school.  He went there regularly until his teacher stopped teaching the boys to go teach the young women of the school.  After this took place he ended his schooling at
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the age of ten (McMaster 3).
     After schooling Franklin had many jobs.  His jobs were to cut wicks, mold candles, and tended the shop.  His dream at this time was to sail the open seas.  His dad tried to teach him a trade to keep him on land then him going to sea (McMaster 4).
       Franklin tried many trades when he was young.  He thought most of the trades as boring.  The trade he liked the most was the trade of a printer.  He liked the process of printing and the process never seemed to get dull to him.  This was the trade for him (Meltzer 39).
     Franklin then went to work as an apprentice for his half brother James.  He worked hard and he learned the trade well over time.  James customers had James print their books for them.  He was a mischievous boy of his age and would smuggle the books from James.  He would stay up late and read the books then he would wake up and return the books early in the morning so James would not miss it (Kent 11).  One of his customers stimulated him with one of their books, he decided to try his own hand in writing.  He wrote about the Pirate Black Beard drowning a family.  James liked his writing so much that he published it.  The people liked his writing.  This was the stuff that the public wanted to hear about (Meltzer 39).  His writing gave him a great lead for his life, it would be proven to do him some good later in life.  Later he started to debate with his friends.  To people who differed from him thought of him as obnoxious and stopped listening to him debate (Meltzer 40).
     In 1721,  James decided to publish his own ...

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